Becoming a Solicitor

Improve Your Chances of Becoming a Lawyer

What do I need to do to become a solicitor?

Intending solicitors can take a law or non-law degree, but those with a non-law degree need to follow this with a one year postgraduate conversion course (known as the GDL).

All students then take a one year Legal Practice Course, and then spend two years working as a trainee solicitor before becoming a qualified solicitor.

A significant number of solicitors’ firms will ask for high A level grades, and many solicitors’ firms ask for a 2:1 at degree level.

Work experience in solicitors’ offices is very desirable, if not essential – preferably gained while at sixth form as well as at university.

Legal Executives may also qualify as solicitors. This is now the main route for non-graduates to become solicitors.

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